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Happy Holidays, NBA Style

December, 24, 2013
12/24/13
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SantaDavid Banks/Getty ImagesIs there anything more festive than a dunking mascot dressed up as Santa Claus?

Today is Christmas Eve, a holiday beloved by children of all ages. As a present for people of all ages and religions, the NBA has neatly gift-wrapped five marquee games for your enjoyment on Wednesday. The league has hosted games on Christmas Day annually since 1947. Here are some fun facts about the holiday tradition so you can impress your family members in between opening presents:

* The Knicks have played the most Christmas games (48) and are 22-26 on the day. They play the Thunder this year.

* Bernard King owns the Christmas Day scoring record with an astounding 60 points from the Knicks' 1984 meeting with the Nets.

* Wilt Chamberlain has the day’s rebound record with 36, achieved in 1961 as his then-Philadelphia Warriors took on the Knicks.

* If not for injury, Kobe Bryant would be playing in his 16th Christmas game. He owns the all-time record with 15 appearances.

In addition to Knicks-Thunder, the other four games on the NBA Christmas Day schedule are Chicago-Brooklyn, Miami-Lakers, Houston-San Antonio and Clippers-Golden State.


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